More than two decades after the death of actor Gary Cooper, he was still smoking cigarettes, but not in a formal way.
Instead, Cooper began a habit that was to lead him to his most successful films.
The former actor, who was born in St. Catharines, Ont., to an English-Canadian mother and Italian father, began smoking cigars and cigarettes in his teens, and it was only when he got married and divorced that he stopped smoking.
“I felt like I had no choice,” Cooper told CBC News in 2014.
“That I was going to die.
And I would have been perfectly happy if I had stayed with it.”
Cooper continued smoking for several years, eventually losing the habit.
“The truth is, I did it to escape the pain of my death,” he said.
“And I’ve done it again and again, even to this day.”
It took years of therapy, support groups and support groups, but Cooper finally decided to quit.
He said the experience has been cathartic.
“It’s like a giant weight off my shoulders, because it’s finally gone,” he told CBC’s Daybreak on Thursday.
“To know I’m alive, that I’m able to do this, it’s been so overwhelming and it’s made me a better person, he said, adding he’s now trying to stop smoking.
Cooper said he’s also trying to encourage people to do their research on quitting and to look for help online. “
My advice to myself is never give up,” he joked.
Cooper said he’s also trying to encourage people to do their research on quitting and to look for help online.
“When you start thinking about it, there’s no better place to start than on a website,” he added.
Cooper has written about his smoking and addiction for several publications.